Proverbs 20:28 (ESV)
28 Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king,
and by steadfast love his throne is upheld.
Proverbs 20:28 (NIV)
28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe;
through love his throne is made secure.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have government leaders whose lives were known by their love and faithfulness? Even a step further, wouldn’t it be wonderful for them to love their people so much that the people want to keep them in leadership of their country? How sad it is that most, not all, countries today are having leadership troubles. Kings, Prime Ministers, Presidents, Representatives, Commanders, and more, suffer from selfish ambition and unfaithfulness to their marriage, their finances, and are actually then unfaithful to the very people that they are sworn to protect. Every day it seems that another country is protesting and rebelling against a corrupt leadership. The people do not feel the love and thus they are insecure and hoping for a change.
Well, few of us, if any, will become country leaders, but we are leaders somewhere. We can take a look at this proverb and we can determine that we will lead our small circle of influence with love and faithfulness. We can commit to treating people with fairness, kindness, and righteous judgment. We can commit to showing mercy whenever we are able to do so. We can commit to putting the needs of those under us and those over us above our own needs. We can consider the value of their lives as we lead them and thus make them more secure.
This can appropriately apply to dads and moms, to employers and managers, to team leaders and to bosses, to church pastors, elders, deacons, department directors, and to anyone who has someone working or volunteering under them. Those who look up to their leaders have an expectation that they will be treated with love and faithfulness every day. When leaders treat those under them as expected, loving and respecting relationships are formed and people, happy with their position, serve well.
Are we, as leaders, known for our love and faithfulness? Are those we work and serve with secure with us?
November 19th is my brother Bill’s birthday. Since we don’t see each other often, many of you don’t know that I have a brother or know little about him. Bill has been a faithful husband and father, a hard worker, and took careful and loving care of our parents when I left the US. Happy Birthday Bill. People have often asked why I wasn’t named “Bill,” since we cannot get into our parent’s heads we will never know, but I am glad you can carry our dad’s name, you have carried it well. Happy Birthday.
Have a great day in the Lord,